Board membership is by ministerial nomination and appointed by the Governor in Executive Council. Nominations are made to ensure that the Board includes members who have skills and experience that are drawn from appropriate fields relevant to the functions of the Board including early childhood education and care and school education. The Board is accountable to the Minister for Education and Child Development.

Board Charter


Board Members

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 Hon John Dawkins AO

Category: Presiding Member – Term: 2 years – Term End: 28 February 2020

Ms Judith Atkinson

Dip Bus (Human Resource Management), Dip Bus (Project Management), Dip T (Junior Primary)
Ms Atkinson is the CEO of three companies, Child Care Services Australia, Child Care Services SA and Child Care Services Training Australia. She has been an executive member of Childcare SA (the private peak body in South Australia) since 1984. Ms Atkinson also held the role of President, Vice President and Executive Member over this period.
She is the current Vice President and past President of the private sector federal body, the Australian Childcare Alliance.
Ms Atkinson has been a prime ministerial appointment to two National Childcare Advisory Councils and has been a Board Member of the National Childcare Accreditation Council for five years.
She was Telstra Business Woman of the Year – Business Owner in 1998 and recipient of a Centenary Award for services to the Community – Children’s Services awarded by the Governor General.
Ms Atkinson has been a teacher with the Education Department and is now focussing on early childhood education and care through her own businesses. Her businesses are responsible for the operation of four long day care centres (two rural and two metropolitan), and an outside school hours care service as well as a registered training organisation.
Category: Member – Term Start: 1 July 2018 – Term End: 30 June 2021


Bch Arts, Grad Dip Teaching,
Mrs Grantskalns is Chief Executive of the Association of Independent Schools of South Australia. She began her teaching career in what was then known as the Education Department of South Australia and moved to the independent sector in 1988. In 1990 Mrs Grantskalns was appointed Principal of Wilderness School, a position she held until 2006. During that time she was variously Chair of the Industrial Relations Committee of AISSA, President of AISSA, and a member of the Boards of a tertiary residential college, St Ann’s, the teacher credit union then known as SATISFAC and the National Council of Independent Schools of Australia.
In 2006 Mrs Grantskalns took up the position of Principal of Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar School in Essendon, Victoria. In addition to that role, she also held the positions of Chair of the Victorian branch of the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA) and membership of the AHISA Board, Treasurer of Girls Sport Victoria and board member of the Centre for Strategic Education.
Category: Member – Term Start: 1 July 2018 – Term End: 30 June 2021

Ms Helen Doyle is the Director, Capital Programs and Asset Services in the Department for Education. She is responsible for providing strategic leadership of early childhood development policy, the department’s legislative and continuous quality improvement responsibilities under the National Quality Framework and delivering universal and targeted integrated early childhood services for children and families. Helen holds an Honours Degree in Economics as well as post-graduate qualifications in public sector and project management.  She is also a graduate of the Company Directors Course.  She has worked in the South Australian public sector for over 20 years in a range of policy areas including economic and social development, intergovernment relations, education and early childhood.  Helen is also a member of the Teachers Registration Board.
Category: Member – Term: 2 years – Term End: 28 February 2020


B.A. (Adelaide), LL.B. (Adelaide), GDLP (SAIT), AGIA (Governance Institute)
Sarah is the founder and CEO of You Legal, a new category of law firm, providing top-tier corporate and commercial legal services and corporate governance support to ASX-listed companies as well as growing businesses at all stages of their life cycle.
In addition to her B.A. and LL.B from the University of Adelaide, Sarah has a Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance from the Governance Institute of Australia Ltd, of which she is a Fellow. Sarah is also a Member of the Australian Institute of Directors, a Member of the Association of Corporate Counsel and a Member of the Law Society of South Australia. Sarah’s first book How to Avoid a Fall from Grace a guide book for Australian Directors on their legal duties was ranked as a #1 best seller on Amazon after its release in 2015.
In 2015 Sarah was the recipient of the South Australian Telstra Business Women’s Award in the Start-Up category for her innovative firm, You Legal.
Sarah is the Chair of the Seniors Information Service Inc. a charitable and inclusive organisation providing information, support, programs and advice to South Australians on the ageing and disability journey.
Category: Member – Term: 2 years – Term End: 28 February 2020


M Ed (University of SA), BA (Journalism) (University of SA), B Ed (Primary) (University of SA), Dip T (SACAE)
Ms Richardson has been involved in the Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) sector in South Australia for twenty-five years and is a passionate advocate for Outside School Hours Care. She has been Director at St Pius X Catholic School OSHC since its inception in 1991 and is currently Chairperson for the OSHC Association in South Australia. Ms Richardson is also a National Outside School Hours Services Association representative and facilitates professional development for the sector in partnership with the Gowrie Training Centre. She has also worked as a project officer for the South Australian Department for Education and Child Development, as a moderator and advisory committee member for the National Childcare Accreditation Council and also as a private consultant.
Category: Member – Term: 2 years – Term End: 28 February 2020


BT Early Childhood Education (University of SA), AD Child Care (TAFE SA), Cert IV Training and Assessment (GTC, Adelaide)
Ms Ryan is the Director of Halifax St Children’s Centre and Preschool in Adelaide City, which provides long day care for children aged from six weeks to school age and sessional preschool for children in the year before they attend school. The centre has a strong focus on researching early childhood pedagogy and educational leadership through inquiry projects. Ms Ryan has been an active member of Early Childhood Australia since 2001, both as an executive member and branch President and is now the South Australian Director on the ECA National Board.
She has a strong background in the use of narrative assessment in the Early Years and has provided professional learning across Australia on this topic. Over the past three years Ms Ryan has been involved in the Adelaide Thinkers in Residence Partnership Group for the Rinaldi Residency which has been researching the principles of the Reggio Emilia Educational Project within South Australian contexts.
Her current educational interest is building a view of children as competent citizens in their local communities and developing systemic documentation processes that reflect an image of children as competent learners and provide a meaningful basis for professional learning for educators.
Category: Member – Term: 2 years – Term End: 28 February 2020

Ms Lynda Secombe

Grad Dip (Lang & Lit), Grad Dip (Theology), Dip T (Upper Primary)
Ms Secombe is Assistant Director Educational Services with the Association of Independent Schools of SA and has significant experience as an educational leader in the sector. She is thoroughly conversant with the national education agenda and current policy issues, including compliance and accountability requirements for primary schools and early childhood settings.
Category: Member – Term Start: 1 July 2018 – Term End: 30 June 2021

Grad Dip Child & Family Programmes (MCAE) (Melb), Dip Children’s Services (Child Care) (TAFE SA), Adv Dip Government – Management (MARC), Adv Dip Government – OHS (MARC), OHS Dip (MARC), Dip Training Design & Development (PDT), Dip Voc Ed & Training (PDT), Cert IV Training & Assessment (MARC), MBTI Accredited Administrator (APP) – Diploma of Vocational Education and Training, Certificate IV in Training & Assessment, MBTI Accredited Administrator
Ms St John Robb is a freelance consultant with experience in long day care, as an educator and manager, and family day care service co-ordination in South Australia and Victoria. She has been a TAFE lecturer in Children’s Services in South Australia and Victoria in conjunction with work as an Early Childhood Project Officer with the Point Pearce Aboriginal Community and the Point of Contact – National Partnership Against Domestic Violence child protection program and the national Together for Kids program supporting service delivery for the homeless. Ms St John Robb has been intimately involved in the governance and facility development of Walkerville Primary School as Councillor for eleven years, and six as Chairperson, and is current Chair of the YMCA SA Governance Committee.
Category: Member – Term: 2 years Term – End: 28 February 2020


M Ed (Leadership) (Australian Catholic University), B Ed (Special Education) (Flinders University), Dip T (Primary) (Torrens College of Advanced Education)
Mr Vieceli is the Assistant Director, Religious Identity and Leading Learning for Catholic Education SA. This portfolio includes responsibility for Religious Education, Catholic Studies Program, Catholic Office for Youth and Young Adults, Catholic Resource and Information Service, Catholic Office for Family and Parish Based Catechesis, Staff Spiritual and Religious Formation, Australian Curriculum Implementation, Numeracy, Behaviour Education, Early Years Education and Care, Special Education, Early Career Teachers Program and Teacher Certification.
He is a member of the Teachers Registration Board of South Australia. His professional experiences include twenty-three years as a Principal in Catholic primary schools, five years as a Principal Consultant in Catholic Education SA and three years as a Senior Adviser in School Reform. Mr Vieceli commenced in his current role as Assistant Director at the start of 2012.
Category: Member – Term: 2 years – Term End: 28 February 2020

Ann is an education consultant specialising in the development and implementation of qualification standards and quality assurance systems. She advises governments, government agencies and education institutions and sits on the governing boards for education-related agencies in Australia and overseas. Her experience spans higher education, vocational education and school education.  Ann was the executive head of the Australian Qualifications Framework Council from 2008 until 2013 when she left to pursue her consulting practice. During that time, she led the review of the Australian Qualifications Framework and was the principal architect of the AQF 2011 and 2013 editions.  Prior to this, Ann was a senior executive in the South Australian Government responsible for the quality assurance of vocational education and non-university higher education. During this decade, she played a significant role in shaping national tertiary education policy and served on and supported national committees in the sector at the highest levels.  She has held senior teaching and policy positions in tertiary education and holds a Master of Education, Diploma of Education (graduate) and a Bachelor of Arts.


Category: Member – Term Start: 1 July 2018 – Term End: 30 June 2021

Dr Neil McGoran is Director of Catholic Education South Australia with responsibility for 103 Catholic schools comprising 46,000 students and 6,000 staff across metropolitan and regional South Australia.

As an educator, Dr McGoran is interested in the needs of young people in the 21st Century, in the context of an evolving, globally-focused and digital world.

Dr McGoran was previously Chief Executive of the SACE Board of South Australia, from 2013 to 2017, where he was instrumental in leading a program of transformational change.

Dr McGoran has over 25 years’ experience in education in roles including teacher, principal, senior administration and management.


Category: Member – Term Start: 1 July 2018 – Term End: 30 June 2021

Karen Weston is the Executive Director, Strategic Policy and External Relations in the Department for Education and Child Development. She is responsible for facilitating quality strategy and policy development within the department, ensuring a best practice approach and strategic and coordinated key stakeholder engagement with both internal and external departmental stakeholders.

For 16 years Karen has held several positions in the Victorian public service in both the Department of Human Services and the Department of Education and Training. Her policy reforms include the national early childhood quality reforms, development of Australia’s first early childhood curriculum framework and state reforms related to parenting programs and transition to school. Karen has also been responsible for regulating over 4000 education and care services in Victoria and for changes to information sharing provisions related to children and young people’s wellbeing and safety. Her work has included building stakeholders relations in both the early childhood and schooling sectors and working in partnership with universities on research.

Karen embarked on her career in education by co-founding Kindergarten Parents Victoria (now Early Learning Association of Australia) in 1990, a peak body representing over 900 members. The organisation was established to promote, develop and sustain the delivery and management of educational programs accessible to all young children, and to provide ongoing advice to kindergarten committees of management. From there Karen served in various elected positions with Early Childhood Australia (Vic Branch, President and Treasurer), chaired advisory committees and provided consulting and project management services, before joining the public sector.

Karen holds a Master of Education from the University of Melbourne and has been an accredited assessor under the National Quality Framework for Education and Care Services and is a member of the Education Standards Board of South Australia.

Category: Member – Term Start: 17 October 2017 – Term End: 28 February 2020